Indian Passport Renewal, Re-issue–Required Documents, Process. NO Need for Agent.


Many of us have lot of questions regarding Indian passport renewal (it is called re-issue by passport seva kendra, read note below) like below.

  • Do I need Police verification letter
  • Do I need  to get an affidavit from notary
  • Do I need to get a letter from someone like SP, District Collector, Military Officer
  • Would I need an agent for renewal ? I don’t know the process

So many other questions…In fact, I had the same set of questions. Recently, I had my passport renewed/ re-issued at Hyderabad Passport office. Let me share my experience and some insights.

Note: “Renewal and Re-issue are used interchangeably in the article. There is subtle difference. The term renewal is used, if you have a passport with Short Validity Passport (SVP) and you are applying for extending the same. In that case, you will still be getting a new book. Unlike, Re-issue relates to exhaustion of pages, passport reaching the end of 10 year validity. The below experience is for Re-issue, but I have used to the terms interchangeably”

Background :  My passport is set to expire in under 6 months and I have renewed the passport before expiry.  Set of documents may vary , if expired passport…nevertheless, the process should not change.

Step by Step Process for Indian Passport Renewal / Re-issue:

1.       Register Online at Passport Seva Website :

All you need to do is go online and register yourself at the Passport Seva Website . You will be asked to enter some basic Information regarding your current address, if any changes to your current status like Marriage, if you would like to add your spouse name, etc.  Just enter the details and save it.

2.       Book a Slot or Walk –in :

You will asked to book a slot right after you register. You can do that using the option.  You can only book slots when they open. Depending on the Passport Seva Kendra the timings will vary. For Hyderabad, the slots open at 4 PM.  You need to visit Passport Seva Kendra Slot Open timings Webpage to get the most updated information.    Just search online on the passport seva Kendra page.   Typically for renewal/ re-issue, if you do NOT get a slot, do NOT worry. You can walk-in to a passport seva Kendra between  9 and 11 AM for Hyderabad PSK.  This information and time can vary by passport seva Kendra. You need to check the website for details. In fact,  I got this information when I went to the passport office to get some background information.    There is a misconception that walk-in appointments are only for Tatkal, but that is not true for renewals.

3.       Identify the list of documents :

You have a nice step by step guide to help you identify the list of documents that you need for your passport renewal. If you go to the home page and click on list of documents required under the section of renewal / re-issue, you will get a form to select options. Based on options it will show the list of documents that you need.  These are the documents you will need. NO Additional documents are required. In fact, I called the customer support as well and they said the same list and my experience at Passport seva Kendra says the same.  You do NOT require additional documents.  Do NOT listen to others.


List of documents for Indian Passport Renewal / Re-issue

  •  You must print out the online form that you printed out with the Application Reference number ( ARN ) and carry with you. It is mandatory to have this document with you.


Same Address as in your Old Passport

  • You do NOT need anything other than photo copy of your passport first page, last page and the page with ECNR info. You will do self-attestation ( your own signature)
  • You may carry current address proof like a utility bill or Bank statement or Voter card, etc… see below for some of those documents.
  • If you would like to add your spouse name, carry original and photo copy of your marriage certificate. It is required.

Change in Address – Different one from your Old passport address

  • Just like above,  first, last and ECNR page photo copy with self attestation
  • Address proof of change in address – Any one of the below is acceptable.
    • Any one of the  Utility bills like Water, Telephone, Electricity Bills –  You need at least for 2 months  of which one should be of current year and other should be of previous year.
    • Proof of gas connection.
    • Ration Card with address .
    • Bank Statement  for 1 year, Passbook of the bank account with address on it.
    • Any of the cards like Adhar card, Voter ID, etc.

There are other set of documents that you can get off the website. The above are very common ones.

 4.  Go to Passport Seva Kendra 

If you have got a slot, go at that exact time or 15 min before, no need to go there and sweat.  If you would like to walk-in, thats even better. I did a walk-in without any appointment. It went fine.   All the details about process in  PSK will be described in next article.

Do I need a Passport Agent  ?  What value do they add ?

Well, first thing that comes to our mind is do I need an agent to get my passport renewed.  Honestly, it is not required. Things have changed quite a bit and the process has been streamlined. You do NOT need an agent.  There are many stories that agent might say to you like I will get you slot, etc…but, the fact is that you do NOT need an agent. If you go online at the time they say as mentioned in website, you should be fine.  They go out in first 30 min or so.  But, typically for re-issue or renewal you do not need one. You can directly walk-in to the passport seva Kendra in the specified time.

Check out the next article,  exact Process at a Passport Seva Kendra and some key pointers .


139 comments… add one

  • VINOD BANSAL Nov 19, 2014 Reply

    My passport has expire 4 months back. could you tell me the procedure to renew the passport please.

  • MOHAMMED BASHA Nov 16, 2014 Reply

    hi, my passport has missed somewhere , so i was reissue of passport applied, It may goes one month . now i want know that when will passport send .all procedure are finished only have to receive passport.

  • C.GUNASEKARAN Nov 15, 2014 Reply

    how to renew

  • krishna mohan Nov 14, 2014 Reply

    Hai everyone ,
    I had lost my passport . I heard that for reissue of passport we need police FIR . So after getting FIR ,how long it will take to get the passport in my hand . Actually i am waiting for my job visa . I will get it with in 2 or 3 weeks . So please give me an advice through mail . My mail id is [email removed spam]

  • imtiyaz Nov 11, 2014 Reply

    i lost my pasport 2 times can i got a new one plz help me

    • NIRMAL AGARWALA Nov 14, 2014 Reply

      I have lost my passport with my wife’s and my daughter’s passport. Our passport was issued in Kolkata. I live in Siliguri West Bengal. We want a new one. I have make missing dairy . Now what I should do?

  • Pooja Nov 11, 2014 Reply

    My passport is expired 1 month ago and need to renew it with a change in address !
    But, I do not have any supporting document that are listed in official website for address proof !
    I do not have public sector bank accounts ..! ICICI account records will not be accepted !
    I have property tax docs of my present address(permanent address too) but will it be accepted as address proof ? (Because website has no mentions of it )

    My aadhar card and Voterid card has a old address where I don’t reside anymore ! (different from my old passport address too)

    If permanent/present address are different but both are within in same city , where the police officials will do verification ?

    What should I do in such cases ? Any advice would be of great help !

  • SHRAVANI Nov 10, 2014 Reply

    Hie sir,
    sir actly i have applied for passport 6 mnths back,but due to the birth certificate which i have submitted,it was on hold.the birth certificate which i have submitted was from my village and it was manual birth certificate signed by village head.due to the village does not have muncipal office,i have applied for birth certificate from hyderabad,as i am living for past 10 i have applied afresh they reject my passport,since i have changed my birth place?

    • Chand Patel Nov 15, 2014 Reply

      Your birth please no change same address you go to mundal office request letter give to Tashildar office or attal snehajevi this office after you draw income certificate with your birth certificate……

  • Vishal Nov 9, 2014 Reply


    We are travelling to India in December and getting back to the us in Jan. My wife’s passport is expiring in March 2015. We are on EAD/AP. AP expires in April 2015.

    Will there be any issue when getting back to the US ( regards to passport expiry within 6 months)?

    If there will be a problem getting back can my wife renew her passport in India?

    Please let us know what the best option is for us.


    • N.R.Pingili Nov 9, 2014 Reply

      It is better that you get your passport renewed in USA before you travel to India. It would be difficult to get it renewed in India as the local passport office will ask for your residential address for the past 12 months.
      The USA govt. will allow Indian passport holders to enter USA as long as your passport is valid. India is one of the countries where a grace period of 6 months beyond the expiry of the passport is allowed. Please check up the US Visa requirements web site. Please look up the requirements of Indian passport renewal requirements mentioned in this blog.
      N R Pingili

      • Vishal Nov 10, 2014 Reply

        Thanks a lot for the reply. I don’t know if we have enough time to renew the passport here in the US.

        How long does it take to renew passport in the US?

        Are you implying that she will be able to get into the USA in January even if her passport expires in March?


        • N.R.Pingili Nov 10, 2014 Reply

          It is better to get your wife’s passport renewed before leaving USA. I don’t know how long it takes to get it renewed in USA. In India you can get it renewed in two to three days provided you were staying at one place in India for more than 12 months. In your case there may be delay as the Indian passport authorities may require you to get a police clearance certificate from the place of your residence in USA.

          However you may be able to enter the USA in January as the passport is expiring in March 2015. Please go to the following web site where they indicate that Indian passport holders may enter USA and get their passport renewed beyond the six month limit.

          N R Pingili

  • N.R. Pingili Nov 6, 2014 Reply

    Your blog helped me in renewing my passport. The whole process was very well stream lined. I was at the PSK at 9:00 AM. I had applied for the renewal under the Tatkal scheme. There was an initial delay in taking up Tatkal applications. It was taken up at 10:00 AM. I was guided thru the A, B and C counters smoothly and I was out by 10:30 AM. The staff of TCS and the Passport office were very helpful.
    I would like to point out one ambiguity in your procedure. In step 1 you said to go on line and register your application and save it. Then in step 3 you mention about taking the ARN with you. I think you should mention in step 1 to save the application form and print the ARN to remove the ambiguity.
    Thanks once again for a well researched blog.

    N.R. Pingili

    • Srikanth Nov 15, 2014 Reply

      Hi Friend,

      How long it took for you to get your new renewed passpost

  • Femina Shoukath Nov 3, 2014 Reply

    My mothers passport expires on 1984 (30yrs back). Is it possible to reissue a new one. Please reply

  • Suman Nov 2, 2014 Reply

    Hey I made my first passport in college days. Now it got expired and I have applied for renewal. Now I am married. But I don’t have marriage certificate. And me and my wife also don’t stay together. We are separate mutually. But unfortunately I mentioned in passport application that I am married. Now they need affidavit from magistrate. For that both of me and my divorcee wife has to go before magistrate which is impossible. So what else option available. Please suggest. It is urgent.

  • akshay Nov 1, 2014 Reply

    how much days it take for renewal of passport?

  • Srihari Oct 31, 2014 Reply

    My son has completed 18 years just now. He got passport 5 years back. The passport will be expired in April 2015.

    So , I want to renew his passport now. What is the procedure
    For this. Pl give the reply.

    Thank u,

    • Kumar Oct 31, 2014 Reply

      It is pretty straightforward, it is similar to what is explained in the article. Just go to Indian passport govt website and check out the latest process.

  • Anthony Richard Oct 21, 2014 Reply

    Richard here…I have 8 month old passport . which says emigration check required. but know I have my certificate. how can I update too ECNR …….

    waiting for your reply


  • Janardan Bhatt Oct 14, 2014 Reply

    My passport is expired in 2015 now I want to get it renewed. I would like to know that what are the documents required to submit along with the application. there is no change in address qualification and other all.

    Janardan Bhatt

  • Jose C Oct 13, 2014 Reply
  • Vasanth Oct 13, 2014 Reply

    Hello Sir,
    I have Lost my Passport , Please tell me the procedure to apply for a new passport.
    i need to apply for a Reissue.
    Need to get an FIR from the Police Station.
    So how many days will it take for me to get the passport in hand to complete the procedures.
    Its a Fresh passport – never used before in a months time i will be travelling.
    Pls Help.
    M Vasanth

  • sathish kumar maddi Oct 9, 2014 Reply

    hi sir lam sathish kumar my passport is thathkal it is 2007 labsed present fresh passport

  • gaikwad Oct 7, 2014 Reply

    hello sir i have my pasport with us visa n i have lost it .can u pls tell me what is the procedure to get a new passport

  • Kishore Oct 7, 2014 Reply

    hi sir,
    my passport expired on last month, please advice me how to renewal passport, what is the way, please tel me
    thank u

    • Akshay.Ashok.Bid Oct 30, 2014 Reply

      My passport expires on 6DEC and I also want to go abroad at that time so what should I do for my passport validity can increase or can I renew in short time please suggest me

  • Avinash Oct 6, 2014 Reply

    Hello I am Avinash and i want to apply for reissue of passport can you please tell me what are the required documents because i dont have any ID proof will driving license do.Please Reply

  • Praveen Sep 30, 2014 Reply

    Praveen, I am also Praveen and my passport expired on Oct 2013. Please guide how to go for that since it’s been one year.

  • vijaykant sharma Sep 24, 2014 Reply

    My son is serving in QATAR hIS Passport will expire in Jan 2015 .Please advise how he can renew his passport
    Can it be done on line.

  • Anjali Sep 24, 2014 Reply


    I am not finding the online application form for the reissue/fresh passport application on the link

    I can see the option for the official/diplomatic passport online,but no link for fresh/renewal .I have created my account in website and

  • ghasif Sep 23, 2014 Reply

    Hello i just recently turned 18

    tomorrow i will be going for renewal of my passport
    as i have no address proof
    but i stay in the same address as in my expired passport and i even have my address in my school bonafide certificate are these two things enough for address proof pls reply asap

  • Mohammed Sep 20, 2014 Reply

    i have changed my address details in passport so they re-issued me new passport but i have visa on my old passport can i travel showing both passports or is there any problem with my visa because it is on older passport

    • Chekutty Sep 22, 2014 Reply


      I shud be okay as the new passport bear the reference of the old passport no in the last page – i think.
      For reference carry your old passport too.

      Have a nice journey..

  • kashish chauhan Sep 20, 2014 Reply


    I am staying in Delhi but my permanent address is of moradabad. Can I re-issue passport from Delhi passport office for same address or I will have to go to
    Bareilly passport office ? i have 2 Questions (If i will apply thru bareilly Passport office):
    1. Do they required any documents for renewal?(as the address is same now)
    2.Is police verification needed for renewal ?

    Waiting for your reply>>>>>>

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Kashish Chauhan.

  • Pratap Sep 5, 2014 Reply

    I have applied for H1b this year and petition got approved(after RFE clearance). My LCA has end date of 2017 whereas my passport is expiring in 2016. Can anyone please let me know if I should proceed with existing passport and schedule visa interview or should I renew my passport now and then should apply for interview. Also if suggestion is to renew now, can I renew now (in 2014) as passport expiry is of 2016. Please advise.

    • Raj Sep 11, 2014 Reply

      You can go ahead to interview for stamping, no need of passport renewal. By the way… passport renewal can be done only 6 months or 1 year before expiry, not this much in advance.

  • nellaiseemai Sep 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Thanks for the nice article. Good info.
    I have some questions to you.
    1. My passport expires Jan 2015.
    2. I have to go to India for a two months visit for family emergency.
    3. I do not have valid visa stamp now. So I should renew my passport in India and then attend for visa renewal.
    4. I do not have any address proof in India except a bank passbook at SBBJ (State Bank of India Bikaner & Jaipur). I think this should be enough as this is a nationalized bank.
    5. How long the Tatkal process take, if I can take it.

    6. After reading your whole article I am going to ask the same question, Shall I book an appointment and then go straight in.

    Thanks in advance

  • sir maira passport 6 month sai nhi bana file no BL1067700725414 DOB 22/06/1991 hai nhi aaya

  • Rakhi Gupta Aug 24, 2014 Reply

    My passport is yet to expire five years from now.
    But I want to include that I’m in service in the
    Occupation coloum.What do I need to do?

  • Agnelo Aug 21, 2014 Reply

    My passport is expiring in oct 2014, i got the appointment date on 21 st Aug 2014 since i took my incomplete documents.they asked to come with all docs and with a new appointment letter. so will i have to pay extra fees for re appointment letter or can i use the same dated appointment letter for next week.Kindly Advice.

    • Edward George Sep 3, 2014 Reply

      You have to retake your appointment on the website and the passport fees prepaid will be valid for 1 year from the time of payment.

  • Parvendra Bhandari Aug 16, 2014 Reply


    I am staying in Delhi but my permanent address is Dehradun. Can I re-issue passport from Delhi passport office for same address or I will have to go to Dehradun ? Please advise

  • RAKESH CHIKOTI Aug 13, 2014 Reply


    • Chekutty Sep 22, 2014 Reply

      Hi Rakesh,
      Ask your brother to go to a doctor in India and get a medical certificate mentioning that he was admitted for some treatment (the date of start of treatment shud be earlier than visa expiry date). The doctor shud prescribe one or two months bed rest. Along with this letter and your brothers passport copy approach the immigration chief for extension. Once it is accepted you can show the airline to book the ticket for “visa on arrival” and document can be submitted at airport thru MARHABA for smooth entry into Dubai.

  • Saurav Kumar Sanyal Aug 13, 2014 Reply

    Hi,i applied for passport in the very previous month and at the time of appointment i mean at the time of photography and finger print scan time by mistake i did a mistake in signature full name is saurav kumar sanyal and by some unfortunate and absent minded cause i wrote their only saurav sanyal left up kumar in my signature……is that will create any problem or what plz suggest me

    • praveen Aug 13, 2014 Reply

      As far as I know that should not create any problems in your passport.
      Its alright.

    • praveen Aug 13, 2014 Reply

      Dear Friends,
      so many q’s related to documents and procedure for re-issue and fresh issue-
      just follow this link and fill details- self navigate andfind out accurately(as per deptt. system).

    • praveen Aug 13, 2014 Reply

      Dear Friends,
      so many q’s related to documents and procedure for re-issue and fresh issue-
      just follow this link and fill details- self navigate andfind out accurately(as per deptt. system).

  • Renuka Iyer Aug 5, 2014 Reply


    I ve a quiery that my passport has expired one year back now i have to apply for a new passport the problem is that the address which i have given is that the building has gone for redevelopment and we are staying in a rented house. Now kindly help me how can i proceed for the same.

    • praveen Aug 13, 2014 Reply

      you can give a separate permenent address and based on the rented accomodation, give the address proof as present address.

  • Jagadeesh Aug 4, 2014 Reply


    I applied for renewal of my passport in chennai where i have been living here from 3 years. but my old passport is issued at Hyderabad now i checked my passport status at RPO chennai they are saying that we are waiting for response ofrom hydearabad office to confirm your exixting details in PP. already completed 45 days. So, how long i need to wait for my new passport…please guide me if anyone face this.

  • Maria Jasmine Aug 4, 2014 Reply

    I had got my renewed passport after adding my spouse name in tatkal process (mumbai).Police verification came after I Have been went to bahrain. But now I got letter in mumbai regarding thier clarification. Now what I have to do?
    plz reply

  • Kandan Jul 25, 2014 Reply

    I am kandan, now My passport Renewel date was Expiry at 2 years above , now what i will do pls reply,

  • subash Jul 24, 2014 Reply

    hello sir,

    my dads passport got expired 10 years before so i wanted to apply for re-issue so wat should i do and what for police verification and also address in old passport is changed we r staying in new address.

  • Parthiban Jul 22, 2014 Reply

    My passport last date is 28th july may i know before or after how many days should i renew my passport kindly reply…

    • bharani Jul 23, 2014 Reply

      Its better you right away start the renewal process..instead of waiting for the expiry date..

    • praveen Aug 13, 2014 Reply

      as such you can apply upto 1 year before the expiry and upto 2 years after the expiry.

  • Sachin Jul 15, 2014 Reply


    For current address proof – will airtel landline bill work ?
    I’m staying at current address on rent for more than 1 year.

    Electricity , water and gas connections are in the name of my landlord.

    This is the only document I think will work for me is the Airtel Landline which is in my name – rest wont work as I work in pvt company, no pubic ltd bank account and all other ID proofs (aadhar, income tax return) are for my permanant address which is a different city.

    Pls advise.

  • mani Jun 25, 2014 Reply

    i have ecr passport.
    But iam a BE holder. Now can i change my passport ecnr

    • praveen Aug 13, 2014 Reply

      you will have to apply new and some passport offices gives facility to clear ECR status (ofcourse with some fee and relevent documents).Better apply new…its faster.

  • hema gupta Jun 19, 2014 Reply

    my passport has six months for expiring its been nine years for marriage but we don’t have marriage certificate & now for one year my husband has gone aboard so can i apply without marriage certificate or what is the alternate for that

    • bharani Jul 23, 2014 Reply

      Mrg cert is needed…. and if you wanna fly abroad on ur husbandas visa .. he sld add ur name as spouse in his passport as per visa rules i know..

  • Raghunath Jun 10, 2014 Reply

    Sir, i applied fresh passport recently and documents verification in passport office done successfully but coming to problem i mentioned permanent and present address same but now i want to change my present address so please can you tell me the process for changing my present address and required documents for that..

  • Kunal Jun 9, 2014 Reply

    I lost my passport which is expired 5 years back. I do not have any detaisl about the passport. I have visited the RPO but with no outcome.
    I need to travel abroad immediately . Please advice.

  • k k sharma Jun 2, 2014 Reply

    my passport expired in August 2012, I want new urgently, it will be renew or new passport ?, my address has changed please advise me

    • k k sharma Jun 2, 2014 Reply

      my passport expired in August 2012, I want new urgently, it will be renew or new passport ?, my address has changed please advise me

  • Gunwant Patil Jun 1, 2014 Reply

    My passport will be expiring in November 2014, can I apply now for renewal because in September I need to go Indonesia. .but they ask for 6 month validity. Again my address & family information is same.Does there is need for police verification again.? I recently returned from Vietnam in March. So kindly advice please..

    • praveen Jun 1, 2014 Reply

      One can apply for re-issue of passport in case -due to expire before 1 year. You need to check the appropriate raeson as given on line on gov. website.Beleive me if you have all the documents, its just a matter of time to get a nw one.I got my passport in flat 3 days in case of reissue.

      • Gunwant Jun 19, 2014 Reply

        Thanks dear Praveen…your guidance will help me

  • NageswaraRao Pagadala May 17, 2014 Reply

    Hello Dis Nageswararao Pagadala i have given permanent and present adders same but right now i am staying in Bangalore can i pay any charges let me know .

    • SATDEV PRASAD Jun 28, 2014 Reply

      Dear Sir,

      I want to add my wife name in passport, please advise me what document need to you. my passport issue before marred. I need to add renewal time.


      • Indiguy Jun 28, 2014 Reply

        Marriage certificate.

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